Coronavirus: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson donate blood to help develop COVID-19 vaccine

Coronavirus: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson donate blood to help develop COVID-19 vaccine
Photo credit: Getty

Tom Hanks says he and his wife Rita Wilson will be donating their blood to medical science after recovering from COVID-19 to help research a vaccine for the deadly virus. 

According to the Daily Mail, the Big star said he and his wife had been tested and were approved to donate blood after it was confirmed they "do carry the antibodies". 

"We have not only been approached; we have said, do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?" Hanks said on an interview on an NPR podcast.

"And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine." 

Hanks and Wilson were some of the first high-profile people to contract coronavirus, taking to Instagram to reveal they tested positive while in Australia preparing to film Baz Lurhmann's Elvis Presley movie. 

Hanks recently said that Wilson had a much "tougher time" than he did while battling COVID-19. 

"She had a much higher fever and she had some other symptoms. She lost her sense of taste and smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks," Hanks told the National Defense Radio Show. 

Contact Newshub with your story tips:
news@newshub.co.nz